Just returned home to Teapot Lane from my annual holidays yesterday. When you work for yourself it is hard to get away but I managed a whole 10 days off this year and decided on a staycation. Its a wonderful feeling packing up the car an heading off on the open Irish roads to be a tourist in our own little Island. Spending a couple of days in Dublin, Kilkenny, Cork & Kerry, a bit predictable perhaps but I take lots of short breaks in Sligo, Mayo Galway and Donegal as they are all a shortish trip from here.
The Irish weather, despite the usual bad press, was exceptional, lovely dry autumn days, perfect for long walks taking in the gorgeous colours of the season. Cosy pubs and amazing food. Ireland now deserves to be a food destination as the produce and the standard in some of our restaurants, pub’s and cafe’s is exceptional.
Like all good holidays part of the joy of a break is coming home again! I missed my dogs Anoushka & Arthur and no doubt they missed me. I brought them for our usual walk on the beach and through the dunes at Mullaghmore where they delighted in chasing a few rabbits and swans. I made a lovely pot of pumpkin soup with ginger, spices and coconut milk and a selection of Irish cheese and delicious salad from the Tattiehoaker organic farm down the road.
I’m off out to sweep a few leaves and make up the yurts for the guests this weekend, we have a full house, people like myself I guess looking for a cosy relaxing space or a bit of romance!
The dogs are content after the beach not much room left for me on the sofa but I’m sure I’ll squeeze in when my chores are done!